I started this blog for a lot of reasons... as a hobby, a place where my family and friends can come to see what I've been up to when I leave my home state of Wisconsin for Bloomington, Indiana, this upcoming fall. As a replacement for the journals I used to scrawl in addictively, chronicling the days' events and my feelings and the way the world was during a particular time and place. And as a way to connect to an online community of like-minded individuals. I'm completely in awe of the many crafty, creative, stylish bloggers out there and every day I look forward to the glimpses they allow into their lives. So I thought to myself, why don't I have a blog? I think if I can survive the initial awkwardness of writing to a nonexistent audience I should be fine...with no readers it does seem like a rather indulgent exercise to ramble about your life, but after I get into the habit of writing here I plan to alert people to this blog's presence, give it a debut of sorts.
I can't exactly say my previous blogging experiences have been the most positive. I currently have two other blogs; one is my "professional" library blog and the other chronicled a project I undertook to sew pillows for a local women's shelter this past fall and spring. With the latter, my posts were coming at a trickle, then not at all. I was sewing pillows (and ended up donating approximately 50) but writing about it didn't seem particularly necessary. As for my professional blog, I'm not giving up on it and I'm hoping to have more material to cover this fall, when I begin attending the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University. I've often felt stilted and dull and ungenuine while writing it so far because I knew it would be on my resume and that the admissions committees for grad schools that I was then applying to would judge me based on what they read. I struggled with finding my voice, and deciding where I wanted to draw the line between formal and informal tone. Did I want to expose my inquisitive, irreverent self or stick to writing in a safe (albeit detached) way that doesn't show the many, many things I don't know about the world of librarianship? Ultimately, I opted for the safe route, and who wants to read that? I know that when I read blogs I want the juicy bits, I want life.
So, I return to the blogosphere with a little bit of wariness, but mostly excitement. This will be a lifestyle blog. I'm taking inspiration from bloggers that write about their day-to-day lives: their friends, their outfits, their moods, all accented with big gorgeous pictures. I'll likely write about style, decor, crafty things (scrapbooking and quilting, primarily) and also books. A random, uncategorizable assortment of topics... I can't wait.